Boris Johnson gets more absurd with his weekly columns


10:47 am - April 10th 2013

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by Giselle Green

Boris Johnson really surpassed himself this week. Monday’s rambling, poorly structured article in the Daily Telegraph is so full of inconsistencies, non sequiturs and inaccuracies I doubt it would even get him through the 13+ Eton entrance exam.

His clumsy attempt to link immigration, education and welfare makes David Cameron’s Sun on Sunday article look like a piece of high quality prose.

Boris makes a bizarre argument (based on a half comment by a single recruitment consultant) that the reason Brits account for only 10% of the jobs in the London catering industry is the education policy of the last Labour government, specifically because of Gordon Brown. Interestingly, Tony Blair is let off the hook.

Gordon’s policies are apparently directly responsible for the poor skills and poor work ethic among our own population, in direct contrast to the highly motivated and skilled immigrants. And apparently children are now leaving primary school unable to read, write or do basic maths because of Gordon Brown, so they aren’t equipped to work in restaurants. What, at the age of 11?

More pertinently, one of London’s leading restaurateurs, who employs over 650 staff of 47 different nationalities but predominantly British, told me today there was actually no direct correlation between nationality and work ethic; there are hardworking people across all nationalities and all age groups. I was also informed that the number of British employees in this company, currently standing around 30%, is growing all the time as traditional industries downsize and school leavers and graduates start to think about hospitality as an alternative career.

The Mayor goes on to say that the poor British work ethic has allowed foreigners to fill the vast majority of catering jobs, and yet at the same time he says immigrants are not taking British jobs. This is rather confusing.

Making a giant, unrelated leap to the hot topic of benefits, Boris goes on to claim that Labour have “nothing” to say about welfare. Presumably he totally missed all the headlines and ensuing kerfuffle over Labour’s plans for a shift on welfare payments.

I also couldn’t quite understand why Boris was waxing lyrical about “a pretty little vixen gambolling in the garden” when just 2 months ago he was calling for action to tackle the “menace” of urban foxes.

I think the Tories have come up with a clever phrase in “Why give the key back to the guys who crashed the car?” But slamming it in as his final sentence was Boris being about as subtle as dangling from a zip wire in the full glare of the world’s media.

Boris boasts that he knocks off these “chicken feed” Telegraph articles in no time. But I think he’d be getting detention for this piece of work.


Giselle Green ran Siobhan Benita’s media campaign in the London Mayoral election

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The Mayor goes on to say that the poor British work ethic has allowed foreigners to fill the vast majority of catering jobs, and yet at the same time he says immigrants are not taking British jobs. This is rather confusing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lump_of_labour_fallacy

…there was actually no direct correlation between nationality and work ethic; there are hardworking people across all nationalities and all age groups.

I don’t know whether there is a direct correlation between nationality and work ethic but this is a non sequitur. There is a direct correlation between nationality and football skills but there are talented football players across nationalities. These things rely on averages, not absolutes.

The most offensive thing about the column is that Johnson bangs on for ages about how lazy British kids are and then writes this sentence…

The chances are that there would be fewer restaurants, since the costs would be higher…

Ah, so it also has something to do with driving down wages, does it? Hrm. That would have been interesting to hear about.

3. margin4error

Poor people are lazy scum and it’s their fault the economy is in a state – not the fault of all those lovely rich bankers and Etonian government ministers who fight so hard to force the poor to stop denying them a strong economy.


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